The King of Laughter

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Naples, 1904: Italian theatre is thriving, and comic actor, Eduardo Scarpetta is the box office king. Known in the Neapolitan theater for his cheeky alter egos, Scarpetta’s larger-than-life stage productions were matched only by his eccentric personal life. read more
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Naples, 1904: Italian theatre is thriving, and comic actor, Eduardo Scarpetta is the box office king. Known in the Neapolitan theater for his cheeky alter egos, Scarpetta’s larger-than-life stage productions were matched only by his eccentric personal life. Composed of wives, partners, lovers, legitimate and illegitimate children (including a young Eduardo De Filippo, famed Neapolitan playwright), Scarpetta’s home situation resembled one of his comedies more than a traditional family. At the height of his popularity, the comedian risked everything by staging a parody of the great Italian poet, Gabriele D’Annunzio. Booed and hissed from the stage by younger rivals, Scarpetta was sued for plagiarism, leading to the first ever copyright lawsuit in Italy. Despite legal troubles and familial strife, Scarpetta fought not only for his craft but for his legacy as one of the great thespians of Italian theater.

Original Release

09/09/2021

US Release

06/11/2022

Cast

Toni Servillo Eduardo Scarpetta
Maria Nazionale Rosa De Filippo / Rosa De Filippo-Scarpetta
Cristiana Dell'Anna Luisa De Filippo
Antonia Truppo Adelina De Renzis
Eduardo Scarpetta Vincenzo Scarpetta
Roberto De Francesco Salvatore Di Giacomo
Lino Musella Benedetto Croce
Paolo Pierobon Gabriele D'Annunzio
Giovanni Mauriello Mirone
Chiara Baffi Anna De Filippo / 'Nennella' De Filippo
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Mario Martone

Writers

Mario Martone, Ippolita Di Majo

Cast

Toni Servillo Eduardo Scarpetta
Maria Nazionale Rosa De Filippo / Rosa De Filippo-Scarpetta
Cristiana Dell'Anna Luisa De Filippo
Antonia Truppo Adelina De Renzis
Eduardo Scarpetta Vincenzo Scarpetta
Roberto De Francesco Salvatore Di Giacomo
Lino Musella Benedetto Croce
Paolo Pierobon Gabriele D'Annunzio
Giovanni Mauriello Mirone
Chiara Baffi Anna De Filippo / 'Nennella' De Filippo
Roberto Caccioppoli Domenico Scarpetta detto Mimì
Lucrezia Guidone Irma Gramatica
Elena Ghiaurov Lyda Borelli
Gigio Morra Presidente del tribunale / president of the Court
Gianfelice Imparato Gennaro Pantalena
Iaia Forte Rosa Gagliardi
Greta Esposito Maria Scarpetta
Alessandro Manna Eduardo De Filippo
Marzia Onorato Titina De Filippo
Salvatore Battista Peppino De Filippo

Producers

Editors

Jacopo Quadri

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